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Beyond the Grave (2011)

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  • Directed by: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro
  • With: Rafael Tombini, Alvaro Rosacosta, Ricardo Seffner
  • 89 Minutes
  • Português: flag-portugal

As an independent horror feature film, Beyond the Grave has a peculiar style and attitude that we don’t see that often in low-budget films. I am a fan of the horror genre and I must admit that even though it’s easy to scare me, I like that feeling of not knowing what’s coming next. The supernatural genre in particular has never got me that much so watching this movie actually became an interesting experience. First, because it’s not a usual independent movie… Seriously, it’s a gore fest with a dark atmosphere and really creepy characters. And second, because even though the story is not that amazing, the movie has its set of strong and intriguing moments that allowed it to be quite mysterious.

In a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus absolute evil.

More than a post-apocalyptic movie, Beyond the Grave is a vengeful ride into a world where life is almost extinct. The characters never tell that much details about their story which makes it quite amusing to guess what’s going on. We know that there is an evil guy wondering through those roads killing everything that is alive and that the main characters are trying to find him out in order to kill him once and for all. Once you’re into the movie this journey becomes into some sort of survival fest where no one is safe. The main character, a policeman with a badass attitude, tells his story while he is travelling through those roads. A story of death and vengeance that works thanks to the movie’s great look and atmosphere…

The movie takes a bit of time before gaining a considerable pace and there are some issues with the story. Even though the characters are intriguing, the story is not that well developed and when it’s all over I wasn’t sure if I understood most of those events. Beyond the Grave has a bit of everything, from zombies to serial-killers but its dark atmosphere never allows the viewer to feel actually afraid of what’s going on, which is a bit normal in the survival genre. What surprised me the most was the fact that the visual effects and the soundtrack were really amusing in a way that they allowed the movie to become satisfyingly entertaining.

With a violent story about vengeance and powerful entities, once the movie starts there’s only one way to go in a road that leads to nowhere. With an intriguing look and a soundtrack that never stops impressing, Beyond the Grave is a both surprising and original independent horror film with the style of survival post-apocalyptic movies, that, ultimately, manages to entertain its viewers.

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